The Challenge of New Funding Models in the Arts

Professor Andy C Pratt will discuss the pertinent issues relating to changes in funding model for the arts and cultural sphere. The historic period of exclusive state funding (the European model) has for a variety of reasons come to an end. However, he will argue that policy makers and academics have been slow to take on board the consequences.

In cultural practice galleries, artists and cultural practitioners are developing new complex models of funding that bridge the binary divide of public-private. He argues that it is not a necessary consequence that private funding equals the demise of culture/decline of cultural value (as per Adorno). However, policy makers and academics need more nuanced insights into the organisation of cultural production to ensure that the right support for flourishing culture exists. A do-nothing/do-the-same strategy is not feasible.

  • Professor Andy C Pratt

    Professor Andy C Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy and Director, City University of London, is an internationally acclaimed expert on the topic of the cultural industries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has held academic appointments at University College London (Bartlett School of Planning) and LSE (Geography, and Urban Research Centre), King’s College, London (Culture, Media and Creative Industries)....   Read More

    Professor Andy C Pratt

    Professor Andy C Pratt, Professor of Cultural Economy and Director, City University of London, is an internationally acclaimed expert on the topic of the cultural industries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has held academic appointments at University College London (Bartlett School of Planning) and LSE (Geography, and Urban Research Centre), King’s College, London (Culture, Media and Creative Industries). Professor Pratt has published over 100 books, chapters and articles. Professor Pratt specialises the analysis of the cultural industries in the US, Europe and Japan. This research has two strands. The first focuses on the urban spatial clustering of cultural industries; he is particularly interested in the social and economic dynamics of clustering. The second strand concerns the definition and measurement of employment in the cultural, or creative, industries. He has developed definitions of the cultural sector that are used as standard measures by UNCTAD and UNESCO. Professor Pratt has worked as a consultant or advisor for national and urban policy makers, and the EU, UNESCO, UNCTAD, and WIPO, and the British Council.

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